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DOJ: Release of FBI texts wasn't wrong

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Top Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday sent a letter to the head of the Justice Department's press shop, quizzing her on how members of the media obtained text messages sent by a former member of the special counsel team on the eve of an appearance by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein before the committee. [Source]

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Ahead of UK summit, Macron visits migrants in port of Calais

CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron visited a migrant reception center and quizzed refugees in Calais on Tuesday, taking stock of the pressure on the Channel port ahead of a summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week.

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UPDATE 1-European stocks rise as corporate updates lift sentiment

* UK inflation edged down (Adds quotes, more share price moves)

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European stocks rise as corporate updates improve sentiment

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday after corporate trading updates lifted sentiment, with shares in German fashion house Hugo Boss gaining on better-than-expected sales in the last quarter of 2017.

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BRIEF-Novartis says data reinforces ‍Cosentyx effectiveness

* NOVARTIS NEW DATA REINFORCES SUPERIORITY OF COSENTYX® VERSUS STELARA®* IN ACHIEVING SKIN CLEARANCE FOR PSORIASIS PATIENTS

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These are the texts people sent to loved ones during the Hawaii missile alert

Hawaiian residents and vacationers spent 38 horrific minutes preparing for an incoming ballistic missile and possible death on Saturday, until the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency corrected a false alarm message.

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Trump says Durbin misrepresented his comments

President Donald Trump on Monday claimed Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" comments during an Oval Office meeting last week, where sources said Trump used vulgar and demeaning language to describe immigrants from Africa.

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Trump says Durbin 'totally misrepresented' comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said Democratic Senator Dick Durbin "totally misrepresented" what was said at a White House meeting on immigration on Thursday, and was hurting efforts to strike a deal to protect so-called Dreamer immigrants.

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Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.

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MOVES-COFCO International hires ex-ADM manager to head new Asia zone

PARIS, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Chinese agricultural trader COFCO International has hired former Archer Daniels Midland Co manager Frederik Groth as head of the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region excluding China.

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Trump's sentiment toward nations populated by people of color is much more important than his word choice

The last three days have been consumed by this debate: Did President Donald Trump refer to several foreign countries as "shitholes" or not?

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UK parliamentary committee launches inquiry after Carillion collapse

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - A British parliamentary committee said on Monday it would hold an inquiry into government sourcing practices following the collapse of contractor Carillion.

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JP Morgan hires Papadopoulos to head Greece investment banking

LONDON, Jan 15 (IFR) - JP Morgan has hired the former head of Greece's debt management agency, Stelios Papadopoulos, to head its investment banking business in Greece, according to an internal memo seen by IFR.

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Singapore central bank head hopes cryptocurrency tech will survive 'crash'

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The head of Singapore's central bank said on Monday he hoped the technologies underpinning cryptocurrencies such as blockchain would not be undermined by an eventual crash in the digital money.

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As Homeless Take Refuge in Subway, More Officers Are Sent to Help

Officials said the increase in officers was part of an effort by the mayor to reach the unsheltered homeless, a population estimated at 3,900 last year.

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Rallying: Peterhansel wins stage but Sainz remains well ahead

(Reuters) - Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel fought back to win the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally in Bolivia on Sunday but Peugeot team mate Carlos Sainz remained more than an hour clear of the field.

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Church credibility in focus as Pope heads for Latin America

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru on Monday, attempting to inject new confidence in the staunchly Catholic countries where the Church's credibility has been severely damaged by sexual abuse scandals.

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Investors green-light infrastructure trade, but expect road bumps

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Volatility awaits shares of U.S. construction, engineering, building materials and other companies tied to infrastructure spending, but steel-nerved investors could be poised for gains if they weather a few bumps.

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As Pope Francis Heads to Chile and Peru, Argentina Feels Snubbed, Again

Nearly five years after moving to the Vatican, Pope Francis has steered clear of Argentina and its polarized politics, leaving many in his homeland feeling perplexed and dejected.

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Republican quits House Ethics Committee

Rep. Trey Gowdy stepped down from the House Ethics Committee this week after five years of serving on the panel.

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Hawaii's chill lifestyle was turned upside down after an incoming missile alert was mistakenly sent

Residents of Hawaii and folks on holiday glanced at their phones Saturday morning and were greeted by an ominous message.

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Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU (Reuters) - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor said.

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Doctors want Trump's head examined

President Donald Trump is "in excellent health," White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday. But it's not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals.

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U.S. military’s Pacific Command says ballistic missile warning sent in error to Hawaii

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military's Pacific Command said on Saturday there was no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii after an official message was mistakenly sent to Hawaii residents' mobile phones warning them of an imminent attack.

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Alert About Missile Bound for Hawaii Was Sent in Error, Officials Say

The alert appeared on cellphones warning people to “seek immediate shelter,” and said, “This is not a drill.” The authorities said it was a false alarm.

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CVS plans to keep Aetna's headquarters in Connecticut

NEW YORK (Reuters) - CVS Health Inc said on Friday that it plans to keep Aetna Inc's headquarters in Connecticut after it completes its $69 billion acquisition of the U.S. health insurer.

Pop and Rock Music nytimes.com

Playlist: The Playlist: Black Eyed Peas Get Serious About Injustice, and 12 More New Songs

Listen to the week's most notable news songs from Lil Peep, Karen O, Carrie Underwood and more.

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U.S. Representative McSally of Arizona to seek Senate seat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Martha McSally of Arizona said on Friday she would run for the Senate seat being vacated by Jeff Flake, joining a contentious primary contest.

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Kenworthy proud to represent U.S., LGBT community in Pyeongchang

LONDON (Reuters) - Gus Kenworthy was terrified about the consequences of coming out as gay in 2015 but the American skier says that his decision prompted a huge outpouring of unexpected support and has allowed him to compete without the weight of the world on his shoulders.

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Vandals attack churches in Chile three days ahead of Pope visit

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Vandals in Santiago attacked three churches before dawn on Friday, throwing homemade bombs that caused minor damage and leaving notes threatening Pope Francis just three days ahead of the pontiff's visit to Chile next week, police said.

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Wall St Week Ahead-Investors green-light infrastructure trade, but expect road bumps

NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Volatility awaits shares of U.S. construction, engineering, building materials and other companies tied to infrastructure spending, but steel-nerved investors could be poised for gains if they weather a few bumps.

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PRECIOUS-Gold up on weaker dollar, heads for 5th gain on week

Jan 12 (Reuters) - Gold prices rose for a third straight session on Friday on a weaker dollar, with the precious metal on track for a fifth straight weekly gain. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold edged up 0.1 percent to $1,324 an ounce by 0100 GMT. Prices hit a near four-month high of $1,326.56 an ounce on Wednesday. * Spot gold has risen 0.3 percent so far this week. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.2 percent at $1,324.60 an ounce. * The dollar index

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Wilder sentenced to community service for marijuana possession

(Reuters) - Heavyweight boxing champion Deontay Wilder was ordered to perform 60 hours of community service on Thursday after being found guilty of misdemeanor marijuana possession.

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Opinion: New York's bold move for climate justice

Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 -- Harvey, Irma and Maria -- cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change has greatly increased the frequency and intensity of such disasters

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Bannon to appear before Congress committee for Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon will be interviewed next week by a U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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Motorhead's 'Fast Eddie' Clarke dies at 67

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Guitarist Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of British metal band Motorhead's line-up during its heyday, has died at the age of 67, the band's official Facebook page said on Thursday.

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Macron sings praises of Italian prime minister ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron heaped praise on Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in Rome on Thursday, less than two months before national elections in Italy that opinion polls say the ruling center-left government will lose.

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Mountain gorilla numbers are up, predicts Rwanda ahead of census release

MUSANZE, Rwanda (Reuters) - A census of mountain gorillas due in March will likely show numbers have risen this decade, experts said during a ceremony to mark Rwanda's expansion of its Volcano National Park.

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MOVES-Citi names Stiris to head Sweden business

LONDON, Jan 11 (IFR) - Citigroup has appointed Alexander Stiris to head its business in Sweden and run corporate banking across the Nordic region.

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Hungary to hold election on April 8, PM Orban's Fidesz ahead in polls

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary will hold a parliamentary election on April 8, President Janos Ader announced on Thursday, a contest likely to give Prime Minister Viktor Orban's ruling Fidesz party a third successive term in power.

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Vietnam seeks sentences for former PetroVietnam officials: media

HANOI (Reuters) - Prosecutors in Vietnam were seeking jail terms on Thursday for a former member of the country's ruling politburo and a high-profile former official of an oil firm, domestic media said.

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BRIEF-Novartis poaches Pfizer oncology head Elizabeth Barrett

* Elizabeth (Liz) Barrett, currently Global President Oncology at Pfizer, Inc., has been appointed CEO Novartis Oncology and a member of the Executive Committee of Novartis, effective February 1, 2018

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UPDATE 2-China says protectionist sentiment rising in US as deals fall apart

* Protectionist voices in the U.S. rising - commerce ministry

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Head of Mexico's financial crimes unit resigns: sources

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The head of the Mexico's Financial Intelligence Unit, a part of the finance ministry tasked with combating and preventing money laundering, resigned on Wednesday, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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South Korea justice ministry prepares to ban cryptocurrency trading, exchanges raided

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the government is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading, throwing the virtual coin market into turmoil as the nation's police and tax authorities raided local exchanges on alleged tax evasion.

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South Korea's justice minister says preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's justice minister said on Thursday the ministry is preparing a bill to ban cryptocurrency trading through its exchanges.

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UPDATE 1-China ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the United States after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer firm MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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China commerce ministry says protectionist sentiment rising in US

BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China's commerce ministry said on Thursday protectionist sentiment is rising in the U.S. after Chinese company Ant Financial's plan to buy U.S. money transfer company MoneyGram International Inc collapsed.

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U.S. judge denies effort to stop Mulvaney from heading consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction sought by the deputy director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seeking to stop White House budget...

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Uber's Chinese rival Didi Chuxing recruits in Mexico ahead of launch

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing has advertised online for a range of jobs in Mexico as it prepares to break into the country, one of rival Uber's regional strongholds.

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Head-Spinning Days for Young Immigrants as Lawmakers and Judges Debate Their Fate

As their protections disappear, hundreds of thousands of immigrants watch anxiously as each day brings hope or dismay from Washington or the courts.

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Judge denies effort to stop Mulvaney from heading consumer watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. District Court judge denied on Wednesday a preliminary injunction filed by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Deputy Director Leandra English seeking to stop White House budget director Mick Mulvaney from taking control of the agency.

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Exclusive: Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.

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Exclusive: U.S. Justice Department blindsided banking agency on pot policy flip - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When the U.S. Justice Department said last week it was reversing policy on the $7 billion marijuana business, it failed to first notify federal officials who advise banks in states where the drug is legal, sources in Congress said.

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'Sell Drugsz' rapper sentenced for narcotics trafficking in Rhode Island

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Rhode Island rapper whose songs include "Sell Drugsz" and "Feds Watching" has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for trafficking heroin and fentanyl, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday.

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Republican U.S. Representative Issa of California to retire: statement

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Darrell Issa, who as head of the House of Representatives' Oversight Committee pursued the investigation of American deaths in Benghazi, Libya, said on Wednesday he would not seek re-election in November.

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ADM head of trading for Africa and Middle East leaves firm-sources

PARIS, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Philippe Nahon, in charge of grains trading in Africa and the Middle East at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), is leaving the company, sources close to the matter said.

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Archidona Journal: Short on Space for Migrants, Spain Sent Them to a Town’s New Prison

Their arrival has provoked mixed feelings in the town, with some protesting their treatment and some concerned about possible damaged to the prison before its opening.

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UPDATE 2-German union IG Metall threatens all-out strikes ahead of wage talks

* Regional talks in Baden-Wuerttemberg due on Thursday (Recasts, adds comments by IG Metall chief, IG BCE union, Deutsche Post wage demand)

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Berlusconi's coalition rises in polls ahead of Italian vote

ROME (Reuters) - A center-right coalition around former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi's party is steadily climbing in opinion polls as a campaign heats up for Italy's elections on March 4.

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North Korean Olympics representative arrives at IOC headquarters

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee arrived at IOC headquarters on Wednesday, a day after Pyongyang said it would send a large delegation to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.

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Pro-independence parties to back former Catalan leader as regional head

MADRID (Reuters) - The two main pro-independence parties in the Spanish region of Catalonia have agreed to back former leader Carles Puigdemont as candidate for regional head, raising the likelihood of a renewed push for a split from Spain this year.

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Franklin Templeton's Zahn reduces exposure to Italy ahead of election

LONDON, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Franklin Templeton's David Zahn said on Wednesday he had reduced holdings of Italian bonds in his flagship fund by around a half ahead of expected pre-election volatility, although any selloff would be an opportunity to move back into the market.

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MOVES-Citi picks investment banking co-heads for Nordics

LONDON, Jan 10 (IFR) - Citigroup has named Lars Ingemarsson and Ari Makela as co-heads of investment banking for the Nordic region.

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UPDATE 1-German union IG Metall to step up strike action ahead of wage talks

* Regional talks in Baden-Wuerttemberg due on Thursday (Adds details on Wednesday's strikes, background)

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German union IG Metall to step up strike action ahead of wage talks

FRANKFURT, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Powerful German union IG Metall said it would step up industrial action ahead of a round of negotiations with employers as it pushes for higher wages and the right to shorter hours for 3.9 million German workers.

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In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder

Iryna Nozdrovska, a human rights lawyer, fought a corrupt court to put her sister’s killer behind bars. She was stabbed to death after winning the case.

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Focused Patriots 'ignore the noise' ahead of Titans clash

(Reuters) - The New England Patriots are no stranger to controversy and on Tuesday the players said they would not let a reports of internal turmoil within the organization distract them from their quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

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Analysis: Republicans heading for the exits

On Monday, California Rep. Ed Royce announced his retirement after 13 terms, the latest senior Republican to walk away from Congress amid mounting fears that a Democratic wave -- fueled by President Donald Trump's terrible approval ratings -- is headed toward Washington this fall.

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New York state lawmaker charged with fraud, obstructing justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state lawmaker was charged with 11 counts of fraud and obstruction of justice, accused of defrauding government agencies out of tens of thousands of dollars, including hurricane relief money, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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Representative McSally to launch bid for Senate from Arizona: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Representative Martha McSally on Friday will launch a bid for the U.S. Senate seat from Arizona being vacated by Jeff Flake, CNN reported, joining a field that includes former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Puerto Rico nytimes.com

On Washington: Advocates of Puerto Rico Statehood Plan to Demand Representation

The island’s political leaders say the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and poor treatment in the new tax law make clear that residents need added political clout.

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U.S. justices weigh lawfulness of police vehicle searches

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday wrestled with the scope of police authority to search vehicles without warrants in two distinct circumstances: a rental car driven by a man who was not authorized to do so and a motorcycle covered by a tarpaulin and parked on private property.

Race and Ethnicity nytimes.com

On ‘Black Lightning,’ a Superhero Takes On Race, Justice and the Real World

Based on the DC crime fighter, this new CW series takes on present-day issues of race and social justice directly and unambiguously.

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U.S. won't sent Americans back to Embassy in Havana yet: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The government will not send American staff back to the U.S. Embassy in Havana yet, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday amid concerns over what Washington calls attacks that have sickened two dozen diplomats.

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BRIEF-CME Group Says Agricultural Producers Indicated Reduced Optimism Heading Into 2018

* CME GROUP SAYS AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS INDICATED THEY HAVE REDUCED OPTIMISM HEADING INTO 2018

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Thousands in California flee homes ahead of possible mudslides

(Reuters) - Thousands of Southern Californians fled their homes on Monday as a powerful rain storm that could cause flash floods and trigger mudslides soaked steep slopes where a series of intense wildfires burned off vegetation last month.

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Evacuations ordered in Calif. ahead of rain

Thousands of Southern Californians were ordered to evacuate Monday amid fears that heavy rainfall could trigger mudslides in regions charred by wildfires.

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Facebook's Oculus to partner with Xiaomi to build VR headsets

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Oculus said on Monday it is partnering with Chinese phone maker Xiaomi Technology Co to make its new standalone virtual reality headset and also revealed that it will launch a version of the product exclusively for the Chinese market.

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Four sentenced to prison, college fraternity banned for hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania court on Monday sentenced four members of a national college fraternity to a maximum of two years in prison and banned the group from operating in the state for 10 years because of the 2013 death of a student during hazing incident.

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Democrat donor to pump $30 million into winning House of Representatives

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Tom Steyer, who has spent millions on national ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, will spend $30 million this year trying to get members of his party elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to win control of the chamber from Republicans, he announced on Monday.

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Hoping for a new start, Britain's May appoints new Conservative Party head

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May named a new head of the ruling Conservatives on Monday in a reshuffle aimed at handing her government a new start after months of divisions over Brexit, scandals and an ill-judged election.

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MOVES-Goldman names global head of financial, strategic investor M&A

NEW YORK, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has named Dave Friedland as its new global head of financial and strategic investor mergers and acquisitions, a spokesman said on Monday.

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Shire to separate ADHD drugs ahead of possible spin-off, cuts outlook

LONDON (Reuters) - London-listed pharmaceutical group Shire said on Monday it would create two distinct business units for its rare disease and hyperactivity medicines ahead of deciding later this year whether to spin off the latter into a separately listed group.

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Gruden returns as Raiders' head coach

(Reuters) - Jon Gruden will return as the Oakland Raiders' head coach, bringing the longtime broadcaster out of the booth and back onto the sidelines.

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Head of new crisis panel urges access to Myanmar's Rakhine State

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Humanitarian workers and journalists should be given free access to Myanmar's Rakhine State, where violence has prompted some 650,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh, the head of a new international advisory panel on the crisis said.

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Five heads found on car in Mexico Gulf state of Veracruz

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The heads of five men displayed atop a car were found on Friday in the Gulf state of Veracruz in southeastern Mexico, local authorities said, in the midst of a spike in violence in the country.

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REFILE-Wall St Week Ahead-U.S. fund managers expect value stocks to jump in 2018

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Value stocks are getting a once-over from some U.S. growth fund managers in early 2018 as they prowl for overlooked shares they think have more upside in a market that gained nearly 20 percent last year.

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Democratic U.S. Representative Cummings hospitalized

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings was treated on Friday for a bacterial infection in his knee at a Maryland hospital, his office said in a statement.

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Wall St Week Ahead-U.S. fund managers expect value stocks to jump in 2018

NEW YORK, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Value stocks are getting a once-over from some U.S. growth fund managers in early 2018 as they prowl for overlooked shares they think have more upside in a market that gained nearly 20 percent last year.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributors: Did Trump Obstruct Justice?

New reporting makes for a compelling case that he did, on multiple counts.

Corruption (Institutional) nytimes.com

Georgian Court Sentences Mikheil Saakashvili in Absentia to 3 Years in Prison

A Georgian court sentenced in absentia the former president to three years in prison for abusing his pardon powers while serving as president.

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Amazon's Alexa is coming to headphones

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Georgian ex-president sentenced in absentia for abuse of power

TBILISI (Reuters) - A Georgian court sentenced former leader Mikheil Saakashvili in absentia to three years in prison on Friday for seeking to cover up evidence about the murder of a Georgian banker when he was president - a verdict which he denounced as illegal.

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Justice Dept. launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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UPDATE 1-Banking crisis adviser named as head of Britain's finance watchdog

* New chair faces navigating watchdog through Brexit (Adds reaction, background)

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U.S. firm 'gets go-ahead' to try to solve one of world's greatest aviation mysteries

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

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U.S. firm "gets go-ahead" to try to solve one of world's greatest aviation mysteries

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Malaysia will allow a U.S.-based exploration firm to resume the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline support group told families of the victims on Friday, in a bid to solve one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries.

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'World is doomed': Erdogan denounces U.S. justice after Turkish banker trial

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan denounced U.S. justice on Friday and suggested Turkey could rethink some bilateral agreements with Washington, after a U.S. court convicted a Turkish banker in a trial that included testimony of corruption by top Turkish officials.

Drug Abuse and Traffic nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Department of Injustice

Why a federal crackdown on legal marijuana? The real problem, as any sentient public servant can tell you, is opioid abuse.

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Saudi Arabia converts Aramco into joint-stock company ahead of historic IPO

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has changed the status of its national oil giant Aramco to a joint-stock company as of Jan. 1, in a key step for an initial public offering (IPO) planned for later this year.

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Asian shares near record high, dollar weak ahead of job, wage data

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares inched closer to a record high on Friday as U.S. jobs data pointed to firm economic growth although the greenback was soft as the specter of benign inflation capped domestic bond yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares near record high, dollar weak ahead of job, wage data

* Oil near highest level since mid-2015 on Iran, tighter US market

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White House, senators seek Iran measure ahead of nuclear deadline

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. senators and Trump administration officials met at the White House on Thursday, hoping to hammer out compromise legislation to tighten restrictions on Iran while keeping Washington in an international nuclear deal with Tehran.

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Justice Dept launches new Clinton Foundation probe: The Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has begun an investigation into whether the Clinton Foundation conducted "pay-to-play" politics or other illegal activities during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, The Hill reported on Thursday, citing law enforcement officials and a witness.

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Ryan backed Nunes in spat with Justice Dept. over Russia documents, sources say

House Speaker Paul Ryan backed his fellow congressional Republican, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, during a meeting over the Russia investigation Wednesday, capping off a months-long dispute between the committee and the Justice Department, multiple sources with the knowledge of the situation told CNN.

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Fox TV producers offered assurances ahead of Disney merger

PASADENA, Calif. (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co executives have voiced support for the Fox television studio's adult-oriented programming and development is continuing as usual while a proposed merger undergoes regulatory review, Fox executives and producers said Thursday.

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Republican Representative Harper of Mississippi to retire

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Gregg Harper, chairman of the House Administration Committee, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election in November, becoming the latest Republican to announce plans to leave Congress after 2018.

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UPDATE 2-Sprint appoints former Altice head Michel Combes as CFO

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Sprint Corp on Thursday appointed former Altice NV CEO Michel Combes as chief financial officer, replacing Tarek Robbiati who had chalked out a turnaround plan for the telecom company that involved sweeping cost cuts.

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UPDATE 1-Sprint appoints former Altice head Michel Combes as CFO

Jan 4 (Reuters) - Sprint Corp on Thursday appointed former Altice NV CEO Michel Combes as chief financial officer, a month after it struck a deal with the cable operator's U.S. business to develop a 5G network.

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Sprint appoints former Altice head Michel Combes as CFO

(Reuters) - Sprint Corp on Thursday appointed former Altice NV CEO Michel Combes as chief financial officer, effective Jan. 6.

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Quad king Chen pushes for artistry ahead of Pyeongchang

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Nathan Chen became the first figure skater to land five quadruple jumps in a single program last year, but the 18-year-old American insists he has much more to offer.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Nonfiction: A City Where East Meets West and the Past Is Always Present

Richard Fidler’s “Ghost Empire” and Bettany Hughes’s “Istanbul” explore the intricate, improbable history of one of the world’s great urban centers.

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Australia's Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Film Festival jury

PARIS (Reuters) - Australian movie star Cate Blanchett will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, its organizers said on Thursday.

Courts and the Judiciary nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Justice Shouldn’t Come With a $250 Fine

It’s great that progressive prosecutors are against incarceration, but alternative punishments shouldn’t cause people to go broke.

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BRIEF-Rite Aid CFO- WE CONTINUE TO EXPECT REIMBURSEMENT RATE HEADWINDS

* COO- RAD WILL HAVE 2,569 STORES LOCATED PRIMARILY IN 8 KEY STATES, TO BE SERVED BY 6 DISTRIBUTION. CENTERS POST TRANSFER OF STORES TO WBA

Automobiles nytimes.com

Auto Sales End a 7-Year Upswing, With More Challenges Ahead

The decline in 2017 came as fuel prices and interest rates began to turn higher.

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Public interest group sues Justice Department for release of FBI messages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A public interest group sued the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday, demanding a quicker response to a request for internal communications about a decision to show some reporters private text messages between two FBI officials who worked for special counsel Robert Mueller.

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U.S. charges ex-Och-Ziff executive with fraud, obstruction of justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged Michael Cohen, the former head of European investing at hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group , with fraud and obstruction of justice,...

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UPDATE 1-U.S. charges ex-Och-Ziff executive with fraud, obstruction of justice

NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged Michael Cohen, the former head of European investing at hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, with fraud and obstruction of justice, according to court documents unsealed on Wednesday.

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Automakers post lower December U.S. sales, weaker year lies ahead

DETROIT (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales as they look ahead to weaker sales in 2018 that will test pricing discipline in an industry where consumer discounts are already at elevated levels.

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UPDATE 2-Automakers post lower December U.S. sales, weaker year lies ahead

DETROIT, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Most major automakers on Wednesday reported lower December U.S. sales as they look ahead to weaker sales in 2018 that will test pricing discipline in an industry where consumer discounts are already at elevated levels.

PersonalFinance reuters.com

U.S. charges former Och-Ziff executive with fraud, obstruction of justice

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged Michael Cohen, a former executive at hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group , with fraud and obstruction of justice, according to court...

Theater nytimes.com

A Philadelphia Theater Heading, and Sweating, in a New Direction

Repertory companies have largely disappeared on American stages. But with an eye on Europe, and highly physical training, the Wilma Theater is going against the grain.

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Norway powers ahead (electrically): over half new car sales now electric or hybrid

OSLO (Reuters) - Sales of electric and hybrid cars rose above half of new registrations in Norway in 2017, a record aided by generous subsidies that extended the country's lead in shifting from fossil-fuel engines, data showed on Wednesday.

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MOVES-BNY Mellon hires new asset servicing head for Northern Europe

Jan 3 (Reuters) - BNY Mellon on Wednesday said it appointed Dennis Presburg head of asset servicing business development for Northern Europe.

Television nytimes.com

With ‘The Chi,’ Lena Waithe Heads Home in Search of the Real Chicago

Her Showtime series aims to paint her hometown in all its complexities and nuances, not just the unremitting violence depicted on the news.

Sneakers nytimes.com

Sneaker Heads Share Secrets to Scoring the Hottest Shoes and Keeping Them Fresh

Experts at Sneaker Con offered strategies for identifying counterfeit shoes, gave advice on how to choose investment sneakers and said what they would be willing to pay for the right kicks ($30,000).

cnn.com

Opinion: Hoda Kotb replacing Matt Lauer is sweet justice

If 2017 was the year of badly behaved men meeting their downfall, 2018 might just bring something better: well-qualified women replacing them.

cnn.com

Trump again at war with 'deep state' Justice Department

President Donald Trump leveled his latest criticism of the Justice Department on Tuesday, suggesting the executive department is part of a "deep state" that he believes has sought to undermine him.

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Traumatic events increase headaches and migraines

(Reuters Health) - - Teens exposed to traumatic or terror events may have a higher risk for weekly and daily migraines, according to a study of adolescents who survived a terror attack in Norway.

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CORRECTED-Bankers to burn midnight oil ahead of "MiFID" dawn

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Bankers will work through the night to iron out last minute hitches before Wednesday's launch of a major reform of European Union financial markets that aims to apply lessons from the financial crisis nearly a decade ago.

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Bankers to burn midnight oil ahead of 'MiFID' dawn

LONDON (Reuters) - Bankers will work through the night to iron out last minute hitches before Wednesday's launch of a major reform of European Union financial markets that aims to apply lessons from the financial crisis nearly a decade ago.

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LIVE MARKETS-Miners pull European stocks off lows heading into close

* European stocks wilt on 2018 open * Turnaround in miners pulls stocks off lows * Autos stocks dented by weaker car sales data Jan 2 (Reuters) - Welcome to the home for real time coverage of European equity markets brought to you by Reuters stocks reporters and anchored today by Helen Reid. Reach her on Messenger to share your thoughts on market moves: helen.reid.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net Miners pull European stocks off lows heading into close (1602 GMT) T

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South Korea offers talks with North ahead of Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea amid a standoff over its weapons programs, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to negotiations but that his country would push ahead with "mass producing" nuclear warheads.

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Bankers to burn midnight oil ahead of "MiFID" dawn

LONDON, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Bankers will work through the night to iron out last minute hitches before Wednesday's launch of a major reform of European Union financial markets that aims to apply lessons from the financial crisis nearly a decade ago.

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South Korea offers talks with defiant North ahead of Olympics

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea on Tuesday offered talks with North Korea amid a standoff over its weapons programs, a day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to negotiations but that his country would push ahead with "mass producing" nuclear warheads.

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German parties at odds ahead of coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) traded barbs about migration and tax cuts on Tuesday amid mounting questions about whether they can agree to renew the "grand coalition" that ruled Germany for the past four years.

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Two more head coaches fired as Bears dump Fox, Lions ditch Caldwell

(Reuters) - Two more head coaches were fired from National Football League teams on Monday, bringing the number to four in less than 24 hours since the end of the regular season.

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Two head coaches gone as Raiders fire Del Rio, Colts dump Pagano

(Reuters) - Jack Del Rio was close to tears as he revealed he had been fired as head coach by the Oakland Raiders on Sunday, shortly after the National Football League (NFL) team completed their final game of the season.

Books and Literature nytimes.com

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Sentient-Being Diet

Making New Year resolutions as a hedge against apocalypse.

Roberts, John G Jr nytimes.com

Courts Must Better Police Themselves on Harassment, Chief Justice Says

In his year-end report on the state of the federal judiciary, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. addressed reports of sexual misconduct by an appeals court judge.

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Chief justice orders review of sexual harassment standards in U.S. judiciary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts said on Sunday he would launch a review in 2018 of how the federal judiciary handles sexual harassment, following the recent resignation of a U.S. appeals court judge amid allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct and comments.

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Chief Justice to look at how courts handle sexual harassment

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced in an annual report on Sunday that he has called for an evaluation of how the judicial branch handles allegations of sexual harassment.

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Italian president calls for 'realistic' proposals ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday urged political parties to make realistic proposals to tackle Italy's problems, especially joblessness, ahead of an election in March.

cnn.com

Woman without headscarf waves white shawl

A woman without her headscarf waves a white shawl in what appears to be part of a social media campaign protesting an Iranian law that requires women to wear hijabs.

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Six dead as seaplane crashes into Sydney river ahead of New Year celebrations

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A seaplane crashed into a Sydney river on Sunday, killing six people on a "wine and dine" sightseeing flight ahead of the city's New Year's Eve celebrations at the harbor.

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Wall Street eyes 2018 gains with a side of caution

Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are expected to keep rising in 2018 because a massive drop in the corporate tax rate is seen boosting the economy and corporate profits, but strategists say sizable gains could either be short-lived or elusive.

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Congo orders internet and SMS cut ahead of anti-government demonstrations

GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's government on Saturday ordered telecommunications providers to cut internet and SMS services across the country ahead of planned anti-government demonstrations.

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Egypt sentences ex-President Mursi, 19 others to three years in jail for insulting judiciary

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo criminal court sentenced former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and 19 others to three years in prison on Saturday, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds ($112,700) on charges of insulting the judiciary.

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UPDATE 1-Ramen price-fixing class action headed for U.S. trial

Dec 29 (Reuters) - A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss antitrust class action litigation accusing two big South Korean ramen producers of conspiring to fix prices in the United States, clearing the way for a trial.

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BRIEF-City Holding Says On Dec 26 Unit Filed Lawsuit Against Kentucky Fuels, The James C. Justice Cos

* CITY HOLDING CO SAYS ON DEC 26, CO'S UNIT FILED LAWSUIT AGAINST KENTUCKY FUELS CORP AND THE JAMES C. JUSTICE COMPANIES INC - SEC FILING

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Ramen price-fixing class action headed for U.S. trial

Dec 29 (Reuters) - A federal judge in San Francisco has refused to dismiss antitrust class action litigation accusing two big South Korean ramen producers of conspiring to fix prices in the United States, clearing the way for a trial.

Blacks nytimes.com

Recy Taylor, Who Fought for Justice After a 1944 Rape, Dies at 97

The crime was never prosecuted because two all-white grand juries refused to indict her attackers. Alabama lawmakers apologized in 2011.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips, but heading for 6 pct gain in 2017

* Index eyes 6 pct gain in 2017, boosted by financials, miners

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Chile's peso, stocks head for new highs as uncertainty subsides

SANTIAGO, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Chilean stocks and currency are poised to reach new heights in 2018, bolstered by the victory of conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera in the country's presidential election this month and a sharp spike in copper prices, analysts say.

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Russia sentences fund head Browder to prison in absentia

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday sentenced British investment fund head William Browder to nine years in prison in absentia after finding him guilty of deliberate bankruptcy and tax evasion, the country's general prosecutor said.

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Wall St Week Ahead-Wall Street eyes 2018 gains with a side of caution

Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are expected to keep rising in 2018 because a massive drop in the corporate tax rate is seen boosting the economy and corporate profits, but strategists say sizable gains could either be short-lived or elusive.

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Indian state tense ahead of citizens list targeting 'illegal Bangladeshis'

GUWAHATI, India/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India has mobilized around 60,000 police and paramilitary troops in a sensitive border state ahead of the publication of a list of citizens it says will be used to detect and deport illegal immigrants - mainly Muslims - from neighboring Bangladesh.

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BRIEF-Committee Of Aegean Marine Shareholders Says Believe Aegean Marine Shares Are "Undervalued"

* COMMITTEE OF AEGEAN MARINE SHAREHOLDERS SAYS BELIEVE AEGEAN MARINE SHARES ARE "UNDERVALUED" - SEC FILING

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Italian president dissolves parliament ahead of election

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament ahead of an election which is expected to produce a period of instability in the euro zone's third largest economy.

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Italy PM meets president ahead of dissolution of parliament

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni was meeting President Sergio Mattarella on Thursday in the first formal step ahead of the dissolution of parliament which is necessary before an election can be called, a government source told Reuters.

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Increase Of Maximum Tender Amount In Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF MAXIMUM TENDER AMOUNT IN DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

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Istanbul tightens New Year security, dozens arrested ahead of attack anniversary

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey will more than double the number of police officers on duty in Istanbul to 37,000 and ban public celebrations in key districts on New Year's Eve for security reasons, a year after a gunman killed 39 people in a nightclub, officials said.

Sessions, Jefferson B III nytimes.com

Op-Ed Contributor: Sessions Says to Courts: Go Ahead, Jail People Because They’re Poor

Ferguson’s so-called debtors’ prisons devastated its black community. The attorney general wants to keep it that way.

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BRIEF-Silence Therapeutics ‍Sells Further Stake In Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals ​

* ‍SOLD A FURTHER PART OF ITS HOLDING OF COMMON SHARES IN ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS INC.​

cnn.com

Justice Dept. watchdog criticizes past handling of sexual harassment allegations

The Justice Department Inspector General has found "potential systemic issues" in how the department handles sexual harassment and misconduct allegations across its components, according to a memorandum he wrote in May to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after reviewing the handling of cases that primarily occurred in years past.

cnn.com

GOP lawmaker: Justice Department and FBI need to be purged

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) claims that government agencies have been "off the rails" and suggest they be purged.

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Russia's Mutko steps down as head of World Cup organizing committee

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who was banned for life from the Olympics this month, on Wednesday stepped down from his post as head of Russia's World Cup Local Organising Committee, Russia's RIA agency quoted him as saying.

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HNA is long-term investor in Deutsche Bank, HNA representative says

FRANKFURT, Dec 27 (Reuters) - HNA Group is a long-term investor in Deutsche Bank, the Chinese conglomerate's representative on the bank's board told a German newspaper.

Virginia nytimes.com

Tied Virginia Race That Was Headed for Name-Drawing Gets Another Twist

The Virginia State Board of Elections announced it would delay a drawing of lots after receiving a letter from lawyers for the Democratic candidate.

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BRIEF-Aveo Pharma Entered Into Binding MoU With Class Representatives Regarding Settlement Of A 2013 Class Action Lawsuit

* AVEO PHARMACEUTICALS - ENTERED INTO BINDING MOU WITH CLASS REPRESENTATIVES BOB LEVINE & WILLIAM WINDHAM REGARDING SETTLEMENT OF A 2013 CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

cnn.com

Tourist carrying husband's painkillers sentenced to 3 years in Egyptian prison

A British woman who says she was carrying painkillers for her ailing partner was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison and fined the equivalent of $5,611 by an Egyptian court.

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BRIEF-Orion Engineered Carbons Signs Consent Decree With EPA

* ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF CONSENT DECREE WITH EPA

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Top small-cap funds of 2017 focus on healthcare, tech in year ahead

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Healthcare, technology and Japanese small-cap stocks look poised to outperform the broader market in the year ahead, according to some of the best performing U.S.-based stock fund managers of 2017.

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Liberians head to the polls in historic, delayed election

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia went to the polls on Tuesday for a presidential election that voters hope will mark the country's first democratic transfer of power in over seven decades, despite it being tarnished by allegations of fraud.

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BRIEF-EHi Car Services Appoints Independent Financial Advisor And Legal Counsel To The Special Committee

* EHI CAR SERVICES ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND LEGAL COUNSEL TO THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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China hands down harshest sentence yet in crackdown on activists

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

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China hands down harshest sentence in multi-year rights crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence passed in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

Wu Gan (Activist) nytimes.com

Chinese Activist Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Shaming Officials

Under President Xi Jinping, determined activists like Wu Gan, who once survived at the edges of official tolerance, have come under concerted attack.

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China hands down harshest sentence yet in multi-year rights crackdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - China sentenced a prominent rights activist to eight years in jail for subversion on Tuesday, his lawyer said, the harshest sentence to be passed so far in a government crackdown on activism that began more than two years ago.

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Iran confirms upholding death sentence for academic over spying

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against a Sweden-based Iranian academic convicted of spying for Israel, the Tehran prosecutor was quoted as saying on Monday, confirming reports by Amnesty International and his family.

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Treasury Secretary Mnuchin was sent gift-wrapped box of horse manure: reports

(Reuters) - A gift-wrapped package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's home in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood that was suspected of being a bomb was instead filled with horse manure, police told local media.

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Pakistan allows wife, mother to visit Indian man sentenced to death

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan allowed the wife and mother of an Indian man convicted of spying to visit him on Monday in Islamabad, eight months after he was sentenced to death by a military court.

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Driver rams German party headquarters in apparent suicide bid

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man drove a car at the entrance of the Berlin headquarters of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) late on Sunday evening, lightly injuring himself in what police said was an apparent suicide attempt.

Movies nytimes.com

Pakistani Women Seize Film Dispute as Chance to Discuss Rape and Injustice

A film about an abduction case was banned by Pakistan’s censors, but a public outcry, fueled by a social media campaign, helped overturn the ruling.

cnn.com

Manure-filled package sent to Treasury Secretary's home

A package filled with manure that was addressed to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin was found near his Bel Air home Saturday night, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

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U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin sent gift-wrapped box of horse manure: reports

(Reuters) - A gift-wrapped package addressed to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's home in a posh Los Angeles neighborhood that was suspected of being a bomb was instead filled with horse manure, police told local media.

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Egypt FM to head to Ethiopia after Nile dam talks stall

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry will visit Addis Ababa next week for talks with his Ethiopian counterpart, a foreign ministry spokesman said, in a bid to end a standoff over a multi-billion dollar dam project on the Nile river.

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Wall Street slips heading into holiday

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's major indexes dipped on Friday in low trading volume before the holiday weekend as several blue-chip stocks slipped, including Nike.

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BRIEF-Time Warner Inc Announces Early Settlement Of Tender Offers, Consent Solicitations

* TIME WARNER INC. ANNOUNCES EARLY SETTLEMENT OF TENDER OFFERS AND CONSENT SOLICITATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Bitcoin plunges below $12,000, heads for worst week since 2013

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin plunged by a quarter to below $12,000 on Friday as investors dumped the cryptocurrency in manic trading after its blistering ascent to a peak close to $20,000 prompted warnings by experts of a bubble.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips, but heading for biggest weekly gain in months

TORONTO, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index slipped on Friday but was on track for its sharpest weekly gain in almost three months.

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Legal action to see whether UK could unilaterally stop Brexit gets go-ahead

EDINBURGH (Reuters) - A group of anti-Brexit Scottish lawmakers has been given the go-ahead to pursue legal action to establish whether the United Kingdom can unilaterally stop the process of leaving the EU, a Scottish court said on Friday.

cnn.com

'Slenderman' stabbing teen sentenced

Anissa Weier, one of two Wisconsin teens charged in the 2014 "Slenderman" stabbing of a classmate, will be committed to a state mental care facility for 25 years, a judge ordered.

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BRIEF-Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Files For Regulatory Clearance To Begin Phase 1/2 Study Of ARO-HBV

* ARROWHEAD PHARMACEUTICALS FILES FOR REGULATORY CLEARANCE TO BEGIN PHASE 1/2 STUDY OF ARO-HBV Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-South African rand, stocks flat ahead of festive break

* South Africa's financial markets closed on Dec. 25 and 26 (Adds latest figures)

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MOVES-Nomura names new head of client coverage for Middle East, North Africa

Dec 22 (Reuters) - Japanese investment bank Nomura Co Ltd named Nihal Elkafrawi as managing director and head of client coverage for the Middle East and North Africa regions.

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Bitcoin plunges below $13,000, heads for worst week since 2013

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin plunged below $13,000 on Friday after losing around a third of its value in just five days, with the digital currency on track for its worst week since 2013 after a blistering ascent to a peak close to $20,000 on Sunday.

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UPDATE 2-Bitcoin plunges below $13,000, heads for worst week since 2013

* Bitcoin moves known to be big and volatile (Adds quotes, details, updates prices)

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Lotte chief gets suspended prison sentence; free to run firm

SEOUL (Reuters) - A Seoul court on Friday found Lotte Group Chairman Shin Dong-bin guilty of breach of trust and embezzlement and sentenced him to 20 months in prison, suspended for two years, leaving him free to try and revive the conglomerate after steep losses in China.